The Wheel was installed over the summer of 2016. Many sections were walked during the 2016 Walking Festival, around 500 maps have now been sold and people are already using it for regular walks (and runs!).
“Just to say many thanks for the Bradford Wheel. We think it is a great idea and very useful for locals such as ourselves and visitors to the area … many thanks and well done for producing such a great asset to the area.”
The 42 mile waymarked network of walking routes now inter-connects Bradford on Avon and the eight satellite villages of Holt, Limpley Stoke,
Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall, Staverton, Westwood, Wingfield and Winsley, offering countless walking opportunities for locals and visitors alike.
The routes are mainly on rights of way footpaths, quiet country lanes, the canal towpath and a few, short sections of road. They pass through a wonderful variety of terrain, offering great views and superb walking experiences. There are many local attractions en route including National Trust properties, canal aqueducts, pubs and cafes.
In time we plan to create a smartphone app and upgrade the stiles and kissing gates where needed.
The routes are clearly signed by waymarkers – the 22 mile outer circle in green, the 6 mile inner circle in orange and all connected by the blue spokes.
A handy, pocket sized, large scale, laminated map of the entire network can be bought locally @ £5 each, from the Tourist Information Centre, Town Library and ExLibris Bookshop in The Shambles. The maps have been produced for us by the really popular Yellow Publications company who are based in Cornwall.
So, all you now need to do is get along to Bradford on Avon, buy a map and give the Wheel a try.
Click here for advice on how to get to Bradford on Avon, by public transport, cycle, car or even canal boat.
E-mail from a local runner:
“Hi BoA wheel organisers,
Thank you so much for making and signing the Wheel. It’s brilliant. I went for a run on the canal from Trowbridge last weekend and saw the little green sign tempting me off the canal path. I ended up running the outer route (so I got back home about 5 hours later than I was supposed to). It’s got a bit of everything and lots of views I hadn’t seen before, awesome. Thank you. And thanks too for the great signage which made it so so much easier, especially by the end when I was getting tired. I’m organising a group run of it soon too, for a bit of fun. Anyway, main thing is thank you! top work:-)”